MAD Symposium


Our annual symposium, which started in 2011, is the cornerstone of our organization. It is where we get the chance to draw together 400 people, including many of the world’s foremost chefs, farmers, academics, entrepreneurs, scientists, journalists, and activists. Under a big red tent in the city’s harbor, we curate a series of speakers from around the world. They present on topics ranging from the latest developments in sustainable agriculture and business models for social entrepreneurship in food to the science of flavor and creativity in the kitchen. Our fifth Symposium, which took place in 2016, built on previous editions to bring all participants to the table in focused breakout sessions punctuating keynote addresses. Following MAD5, participants reported that they came away with a sense of inspiration and community, practical ideas to implement in their restaurant or workplace, new confidence and networks, and new jobs and opportunities.

We are very grateful to a number of generous donors, without whom MAD5 would not have been possible. Our sincere gratitude goes to:

Lars Seier Christensen

The Food Organization of Denmark

Københavns Kommune

The Norwegian Seafood Council


Our next symposium, MAD6, will be held in August 2018.



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About MAD

MAD (taken from the Danish word for “food”) is a nonprofit organization that brings together a global cooking community with a social conscience, a sense of curiosity, and an appetite for change.